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Bowling News USA - August 2, 2011 Rick Vittone Leads USBC Senior Masters

Rick Vittone, a native of Oregon who now lives in Canada, took the opening round lead Monday at the 2011 United States Bowling Congress Senior Masters.

Vittone had a five-game total of 1,124, an average of 224.8, to lead a field of 249 of the country's top bowlers age 50 and older at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl. Dave Patchen of Oregon, Ohio, sits in second place with 1,121.

"My wife (Reis) of 24 years is here with me, and she's been a huge part of my success," Vittone said. "She knows my game inside and out and several times today she spotted something that helped me."

Vittone, who won the Storm Bowlers Journal Championships Senior Singles event in Reno, Nev., earlier this year, had games of 235, 195, 223, 224 and 247 in Monday's first round. The second round of qualifying takes place Tuesday with an additional five games and qualifying concludes Wednesday with five final games.

"Tomorrow is going to be totally different because I will be bowling on the fresh," Vittone said. "Hopefully my experience in the past two or three years will help me come out and make good shots and read the lanes well."

Following Vittone and Patchen in the standings is 2008 Senior Masters champion Kenny Parks of Hammond, Ind., who is third with 1,113. Steve Ferraro of Kingston, N.Y., is fourth with 1,110.

The top 63 players after 15 games will join Webb, the defending champion, in the three-game, double-elimination match-play bracket on Thursday and Friday. The winner will earn $14,000 and the total prize pool is more than $110,000.

Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl, Columbus, Ohio, Monday

ROUND 1 (five games)

1, Rick Vittone, Canada, 1,124.
2, Dave Patchen, Oregon, Ohio, 1,121.
3, Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 1,113.
4, Steve Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., 1,110.
5, Ron Boroff, Mansfield, Texas, 1,107.
6, Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 1,093.
7, Mark Glover, Woodbridge, Va., 1,079.
8, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 1,073.
9 (tie), Robert Rudnick, Lancaster, N.Y., and Wayne Webb, Grove City, Ohio, 1,072.
11, Sam Maccarone, Sewell, N.J., 1,062.
12, Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 1,060.
13, Tim Pierce, Portland, Ore., 1,058.
14, Peter Thomas, Oklahoma City, Okla., 1,054.
15, John Shreve Sr., Sheffield Village, Ohio, 1,053.
16, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield, Mich., 1,046.
17, Sal Bongiorno, Hollywood, Fla., 1,045.
18, Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 1,041.
19, Fred McClain, Allen Park, Mich., 1,038.
20, Gary Skidmore, Albuquerque, N.M., 1,037.
21, Bobby Johnson, Chillicothe, Ohio, 1,036.
22, Andrew Ippolito, Forest Hills, N.Y., 1,032.
23, Al Rezendes, Aurora, Colo., 1,027.
24 (tie), Dick Selgo, Archbold, Ohio, and Dale Csuhta, Wadsworth, Ohio, 1,025.
26, Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo., 1,022.
27, Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 1,019.
28 (tie), Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., and Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 1,017.
30, Patric Donaghue, Honeoye Falls, N.Y., 1,016.
31 (tie), Chris Fedden, Albany, N.Y.; Dale Eagle, Union City, Tenn., and Jeff Garrison, Hawthorne, Calif., 1,013.
34, Rick Pollard, Versailles, Ind., 1,011.
35, Richard Casey, Roanoke, Va., 1,010.
36, Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 1,008.
37 (tie), Dave Rossi, Morgantown, W.Va., and Kent Wagner, Bradenton, Fla., 1,005.
39, Peter Knopp, Germany, 1,004.
40, John Chapman, Canada, 1,001.
41 (tie), Tom Baker, King, N.C., and Dan Carbone, Broomfield, Colo., 999.
43, Donald Griffin, St. Louis, Mo., 998.
44, Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, 996.
45 (tie), Timothy Kauble, Marion, Ohio, and George Lord, Mullberry, Fla., 992.
47 (tie), Ernie Segura Jr., Taylor, Mich.; Ron Profitt, Brookville, Ohio, and Dave Kucera, Urbandale, Iowa, 990.
50, Brad Snell, Mt. Prospect, Ill., 987.
51 (tie), Ricky Beck, Box Elder, S.D.; Richard Holmes, Culpepper, Va., and Michael Tryniski, Fulton, N.Y., 986.
54 (tie), Bruce Heim, Marietta, Ga., and Vince Mazzanti, Langhorn, Pa., 985.
56 (tie), Rick Lawrence, Waxahachie, Texas, and James Pierson, Hilliard, Ohio, 983.
58, Larry Popp, Marion, Ohio, 982.
59, James Souder, Greenville, Tenn., 981.
60, Robert Callari, Manchester, N.Y., 980.
61, Ray Johnson, Battle Creek, Mich., 979.
62 (tie), Randy Evans, Gahanna, Ohio, and Randy Peterson, Carrington, N.D., 978.
64, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 977.

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